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Succulents in my yard

I've been learning to propagate succulents in my yard. Many attract hummingbirds, and most require little watering.

Love this idea for a succulent garden where it looks like it's spilling out of a pot. Keep your eye open when you are in a garden shop for "broken" pots, and offer to take it off their hands. I've gotten one like this. They did want to scan it to get it out of inventory but sold it to me for free.

Jade Plant or Money Tree: These plants prefer a lot of bright light and seem to do well in very hot arid full sun situations. They also do pretty well in rather low light situations, however, and can grow quite well in full shade situations as long as they aren't grown in soggy soils. However they tend to get leggy and weak in this situation and the overall look of the plant will be less impressive, weak and with a tendency for sagging and broken branches.

Blue Rose Echeveria imbricata Plant: Blue Rose is a nice blue-green color with large rounded leaves. Leaf ends turn pink in full sun. Produces pink and yellow blooms. This is one of the hardiest echeveria available. Crassulaceae family. Mature Size: 12" Diameter

ALoe Vera: This famed healing plant is often used to promote the rapid healing of burns, cuts, scrapes, stings, etc... A clump forming succulent producing a rosette of thick fleshy gray spotting green leaves that may be topped by spikes of tubular yellow flowers. Multiplies readily. Juvenile aloe leaves can be used medicinally.

Ghost Plant (syn. Mother of Pearl Plant) Graptopetalum paraguayense (syn. Sedum weinbergii) The thick silvery succulent like leaves are born in rosettes on the woody trailing stems. A tough perennial seemingly thriving on neglect. Light: Full to partial sun. Size: 8"H and spreading Zones: 8b-11

This Senecio has beautiful blue triangular leaves that appear year round.  Great container or garden plant for full sun to partial shade. Blooms in Spring with spongy creamy yellow flowers. Drought tolerant in the ground once established. Prune to shape. Attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Fire resistant.

Portulacaria afra Portulacaria will tolerate a variety of growing conditions. Since it is tropical it must be protected from cold temperatures (below 50). A good plant for the Phoenix area, you can grow it in pot with full sun part of the day in summer, water it every 2 weeks and it will look fine (of course it does better if you show more consideration). It can also be used to make outstanding bonsais.

Cremnosedum 'Little Gem' A miniature groundcover forming a dense clump of rosettes. The thick spiralling bright green leaves turn red when grown in the sun. Bright yellow flowers in winter. Sun/part sun.

Senecio haworthii Cocoon Plant has long tubular flocked leaves with yellow/orange flowers. Provide bright light and porous soil. Hardy to 36F.

Senecio mandraliscae (Kleinia) - Spreading succulent from South Africa that grows to 12 to 18 inches tall with 3 to 4 inch long blue gray pencil-like fleshy leaves and small rayless dull white flowers in mid-summer. Forms a dense mat with leaves angled upward from the ground. Drought tolerant but tolerates regular irrigation. Plant in full sun to light shade. Hardy to around 15° F. A great groundcover.

Senecio mandraliscae at San Marcos Growers

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Senecio Mandraliscae, "Blue Chalk Sticks", are a succulent plant with elongated Blue leaves that grow upwards. They grow to about 1 - 2 feet tall and 2 - 3 feet wide. They are an excellent groundcover. Senecio Mandraliscae do best in warm dry climates, in porous, well-drained soil. They love full sun, though prefer a light shade in more extreme heat. They are drought tolerant, but tolerate regular watering, and hardy to about 15-20 degrees.

One of our favorites is this Dick Wright hybrid, Echeveria 'Lola'. The form is quite sculptural and consistent from plant to plant, with really outstanding flowers. Any time of the year these are impressive plants.

echeveria azulita Offsets can be cut off and potted in their own containers. Leaf cuttings can be propagated in spring and summer. Allow leaf to dry for 24 hours to stop the oozing of its sap. Push the cut end into moist potting mix. Do not cover the pot with plastic because succulents are likely to rot with excessive moisture.